Developed for the Israeli military forces and battle tested in real-life combat situations by police and military forces around the world, Krav Maga has gained an international reputation as an easy-to-learn yet highly effective form of self-defense.
Today on the podcast, I talk to David Kahn, chief instructor for the U.S. Israeli Krav Maga Association and the author of several books on the topic, including Krav Maga Defense. Today on the show, David and I discuss the origins and history of Krav Maga, its philosophy, its fundamental moves, and how to use Krav Maga in a defensive scenario.
- David’s background and how he got involved with Krav Maga
- The origins of Krav Maga
- The philosophy and guiding principles of Krav Maga
- What is “retzev”?
- The mindset of Krav Maga versus that of other self-defense systems
- How to attack the most vulnerable parts of the body
- How to train for gouging out an eyeball (and other ways to simulate real-life self-defense)
- How to train for unexpected moments when you have to defend yourself
- Open training and closed training and how to prepare for any situation
- Defending yourself against multiple attackers
- Effectively using improvised weapons
- Pre-conflict indicators, and how to de-escalate conflicts before they become violent
- The power of common sense and intuition
- Is there a best self-defense system?
- The benefits of Krav Maga being a fairly modern system versus one that’s been around for hundreds of years
- The best way to get started with Krav Maga
Resources/People/Articles Mentioned in Podcast
- AoM’s articles on Krav Maga
- Imi Lichtenfeld
- Turning Everyday Items Into Improvised Weapons
- Haim Gidon
- AoM’s videos on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
- Developing Your Situational Awareness
- How to Defend Against Multiple Attackers
- How to Deal With Aggressive People
- The Gift of Fear by Gavin de Becker
- Don Draper Judo: Unarmed Self-Defense from the Mad Men Era
- Turning Yourself Into a Human Weapon
- The Legal Implications of Self-Defense
- Israeli Krav Maga Association
If you’re looking to get started with Krav Maga, I highly recommend checking out David’s work. He does a great job explaining the big picture philosophy of the system as well as breaking down specific movements into easy-to-follow instructions. Visit his website at www.masteringkravmaga.com.
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